Johnny Rockets started in the US in 1986 and even though there were branches in Boston and Atlanta (where I lived for years), I never was interested in checking it out. Even when they opened in Lagos, (maybe 2 years ago), I was just like "Enh, whatever." I think that it doesn't occur to me to go out to a restaurant just to eat a burger - oh no, wait, Olivia's Cafe in Lekki used to have this amazing burger and sadly they overhauled their menu. Johnny Rockets plans to open 5 restaurants in Nigeria.
Anyways, when you walk into Johnny Rockets, it's almost like you're transported back in time - specifically the 50's-60's in America. I wanted to start singing the Happy Days theme song when I walked in, lol.
I liked the attention to detail, for instance, this little jukebox thingy on each table. Even though they were just props, classic American tunes were being played in the background.
Another thing I found cool was the bar seating. If Cakes wasn't so tired, I wouldn't have minded having my meal right there.
And I thought it was pretty nifty to watch the burgers and other food being prepared.
I appreciate the fact that their menu is available online, so you can make your choice before o=you get there. We placed our orders at the bar because some of the empty booths were yet to be cleaned. I would say it took a little too long for the staff to clean up, but apparently a lot of the workers on schedule for Sunday didn't show up because of Election Tension. We eventually got seated and waited for our food to come.
We ordered a full plate of fries to share. Let me tell you - these are the BEST fries I've had in such a long time!!! They seemed like they were either baked or air fried. However they were cooked, I give them THREE THUMBS UP.
Cakes ordered the Bacon Cheddar Burger - Single. I think he enjoyed his burger because he finished his way before me.
I ordered the Naija Burger, which comes with Suya Spice. I added grilled mushrooms to mine though. The bun was soooo good! It was light, and soft and chewy and just the way a burger bun should be. The whole thing itself wasn't too bad. I should have told them to hold the mayo - I think it drowned the suya spice a little bit. I couldn't finish my burger and took half of it home. My overall thought - the burger was nice, but I've had better. At the birthday party last week, BBQ Cravings served the most delicious burger I've had in years! I was hoping Johnny Rockets would be as good, but it didn't quite reach it. It's not a bad burger though. I like the suya spice. I think they should have one with shawarma sauce - that would be epic!
I also ordered a Chocolate Milkshake, because I haven't had a milkshake in such a loooooooooong time. Unfortunately the milkshake wasn't thick and was pretty much a chocolate drink. It tasted good though. I just wish it was a lot thicker.
Our bill came up to about N8500, I think. Overall, I liked my food. But I can't go back there for another 6 months, because I have another 23 to 28 pounds to lose.
Johnny Rockets is at 1141 Adetokunbo Ademola Street in VI, and you can call them at 0700BURGERS, 08175881155, 07087958787. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.